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Intel i7 980x vs 970

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March 31, 2011 3:41:48 PM

Hello,
Given that the i7 980x still maintains a significant price premium over the 970, what is the real reason for buying a 980x?

PS - I want to upgrade from a 920 to maximise my investment in X58.

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March 31, 2011 5:52:47 PM

Thanks for the reply - I am a 24/7 Folder (FAH) running SMP on the i7 and dual GTX260 cards.

As the 920 is now 2 years old and Gulftown is a refresh with 6C/12T I want to upgrade. SB-E will be my next step in 2012.
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March 31, 2011 7:14:15 PM

Basically, the unlocked multiplier. That's the only real reason. They're also binned a bit higher.
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March 31, 2011 8:33:10 PM

970, save a little and overclock it old school, 980X will be easier to OC with unlocked multiplier, but where is the fun in that!

But to be fair, half the spend on a 2600K and a good OC, will get you more points per pound than a 980x
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March 31, 2011 8:50:57 PM

Well, yes, but you don't buy a 980 (actually, a 990 now) if you care about performance per dollar. You buy it if you need top throughput regardless of cost.
April 1, 2011 1:12:17 PM

Guys thanks for the replies.

I read an article that said multi overclocking vs clock oc is preferable for low bandwidth applications like FAH where total CPU OC is more important. As my rig does not get high bus speeds - above 160 is not stable for 24/7 folding, I decided to get a 990x as my upgrade. Hopefully this will see me thru to late next year and SNB-E :) 
July 4, 2011 3:02:32 AM

Russ_64 said:
Guys thanks for the replies.

I read an article that said multi overclocking vs clock oc is preferable for low bandwidth applications like FAH where total CPU OC is more important. As my rig does not get high bus speeds - above 160 is not stable for 24/7 folding, I decided to get a 990x as my upgrade. Hopefully this will see me thru to late next year and SNB-E :) 


AWESOME. Glad you did the research and made that decision. As a poweruser (with little gaming), I would've done the same. No compromises.
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July 4, 2011 3:20:49 AM

The 970 (6c/12t) is only half the price of the 990X, and will likely have a similar core ceiling at between 4.4-4.6 GHz....; to pay the extra $500 merely for 200 more 'certified' MHz? To use for only one year or so? Strictly for casual/hobby folding?

Wow.
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July 4, 2011 4:44:01 AM

I'd recommend the 970, but this thread is really old.
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